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Non-Destructive Testing Foundations

Open for Winter 2021

Length: 15 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

Program Highlights

Enter the inspection industry with the foundations needed to succeed in all levels of inspection methods. Identify possible mechanical and structural failures, failures for oil and gas, transprtation and utility companies.

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New - evening and weekend delivery

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Our new Non-Destructive Testing Foundations - evening and weekend program allows you the flexibility to work while studying.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $9,695

Year 1 (International): $15,583

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020.

Full-time day

Term Program start
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

Program Details

Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

Program description

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) is a very important component of many industries. Identifying potential mechanical and structural failures can save time, money and lives. For example, inspection and reporting must be carried out on equipment in the oil and gas, transportation and aviation industries, just to name a few. The NDT Foundations program assists you to enter the growing NDT field by providing a basic overall knowledge of the inspection industry. This knowledge is a foundation for you to progress through all levels of inspection methods. 

In Canada, NDT Certification is regulated by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB). There are three steps required to obtain CGSB Certification; 1 - training, 2 - work experience, and 3 - CGSB exams. These three steps are required for each level of certification in each method. The NDT Foundations program at SAIT helps you to accomplish step 1 of this process - training, which prepares you to complete step 2 and step 3 after successful program completion.

The Online/Blended Learning approach is a combination of approximately four months of online theory courses and one month of on-campus practical labs. If you are self-disciplined, and need additional flexibility to balance your other obligations - while still furthering your education - this program may be a fit for you.

Your career

In today’s economy, the demand for qualified NDT Technicians is high. Travel opportunities may be available with many NDT service providers. Technicians may find work across Canada or internationally in a wide variety of industries including: pipeline and refinery, transportation, utilities, construction, manufacturing and maintenance.

To be successful as a Non-Destructive Testing Technician, you may need the following skills: the ability to work independently - often with little supervision, math skills, communication skills, attention to detail, ability to work flexible hours in varying locations, and the ability to physically maneuver a job site freely.

  • Graduates of the Non-Destructive Testing Foundations program have a 95% employment rate.

Student success

Strong skills in Math and English (written and verbal) preferred.

Credentials and accreditation

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate in Non-Destructive Testing.

There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the School of Manufacturing and Automation for more information.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transferring to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit transfer options to learn more. 


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Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date.

Make note of the program start date as you'll need this when you submit your application.

Admission requirements

  • Students must have successfully completed Grade 10 Math and Grade 10 English or equivalent.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Non-Destructive Testing Foundations and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 


Program outline

View additional Non-Destructive Testing Foundations program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Course code Course name Credit
CODE-270 Materials and Processes for NDT 1.5
COMM-249 Technical Communications 1.5
INSP-200 Visual Inspection Level II 1.5
INSP-207 Eddy Current Level I 1.5
INSP-210 Radiography Level I 1.5
INSP-220 Certified Exposure Device Operator 3.0
INSP-236 Radiography Level I 3.0
INSP-263 Magnetic Particle Levels I & II 1.5
INSP-264 Liquid Penetrant Levels I & II 1.5
Program total 16.5


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines. 


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ >8,473 $682 $288 $252 $ 9,695

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $14,153 $682 $288 $460 $15,583


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $500.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

Your tools will be provided. 

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

You will need steel-toe boots and safety glasses. We recommend waiting to purchase these until classes begin as your instructors will discuss industry-approved PPE in class. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

No textbooks will be required for this program.


Email: ma.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

"Thank you for choosing the Non-Destructive Testing Foundations program in the SAIT School of Manufacturing and Automation!

As your academic chair, it is my pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of the entire program, as the newest members of our innovative learning community. We look forward to seeing the impact you’ll make and to supporting your academic journey."

Josh Brewster, Academic Chair
Email:  josh.brewster@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Curtis appreciated having instructors who taught using many methods, which helped him learn what to expect in the industry.

Curtis Anderlich
Non-Destructive Testing Foundations | 2015

“They’re very knowledgeable in their field and they made sure we understood everything. I feel really prepared.”

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